When is a racist hate crime not a racist hate crime? If it doesn’t advance the narrative of the left and the Democrats.
When white teen Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed three white men who violently assaulted him, it was somehow treated as a racial hate crime by the press and politicians. President Joe Biden (incorrectly) called Rittenhouse a white racist, and the discussion of his case became so racially focused that many Americans mistakenly thought the three men Rittenhouse shot were black.
But when a black man, Darrell Brooks, with a long history of posting hateful anti-white rhetoric on social media drove a car into a mostly white Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring dozen, the press was eager to wish the story away. (The New York Times buried it on page A22.) Even when a Black Lives Matter activist linked it to the Rittenhouse ruling and observed that “it sounds like the revolution has begun,” the media played it on Generally down.
Of course, if the races were reversed, we all know the press would increase its coverage to 11, with deep insights into Darrell Brooks’ associations, beliefs, friends and family, and more. But doing this wouldn’t fit the narrative.
In fact, however, there is a common thread that connects the Rittenhouse shootings and the Waukesha mass murder. But the thread is less racism than terrible democratic politicians.
After police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, causing rioting, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) failed to call the National Guard or secure the streets. Instead, he sent a inflammatory tweet saying, “What we know for certain is that he is not the first black man to be shot, injured, or mercilessly killed by law enforcement officials in our state or our country.”
Cars were set on fire after the shooting at Jacob Blake on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.Photo by Brandon Bell / Getty Images
What followed was a night of arson and rioting. In the next two days, however, Evers only sent a trickle of the National Guard and declined to support the federal government. The result was a huge amount of violence and property destruction (mostly affecting the working class and poor neighborhoods of the city) and a backdrop of unrest that led Kyle Rittenhouse to guard stores and help the injured – a teenage girl who got up to do what the government refused to do.
Likewise, the mass murder in Waukesha was the result of government failure. Darrell Brooks had already been charged with deliberately running over his girlfriend at a gas station and, incredibly, was released on bail of only $ 1,000. All in all, Brooks had been charged with three crimes, plus resisting arrest and bail jumping.
All of that and just a $ 1,000 deposit?
Resistance to cash bail, however, is a cornerstone of the Democrats’ criminal justice policy. You’re not always wrong – there is a real problem that poor people who cannot get bail are held in jail for often trivial offenses. But Brooks wasn’t charged with petty offenses. He has been charged with violent, potentially murderous offenses.
Darrell Brooks reportedly drove a car through the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21, 2021.JESUS OCHOA about REUTERS
Then they let him go and he committed a violent, actually murderous, crime.
Prosecutor John Chisholm has since admitted that the bail required was “unreasonably low”. Oh well.
However, Chisholm is a pioneer in the Democratic war on cash bail and an advocate of what politically can only be described as “inappropriately low” bail. He was a leader among “progressive prosecutors” who have taken a lax approach to law enforcement in cities like San Francisco and New York. In a 2019 paper, he wrote, “If we pay too little attention to the underlying causes and characteristics of people in the criminal justice system, we are making significant mistakes that can lead to bigger problems.”
Prosecutors infected by progressive politics neglected Brooks’ traits, a mistake that killed six people and injured many more. Brooks is now being held on bail of $ 5 million.
Darrell Brooks was previously released on bail of only $ 1,000.Photo by Mark Hoffman-Pool / Getty Images
Incredibly, however, just one day after the Waukesha mass murder, MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bx-Queens) called for federal intervention on what she termed “excessive bail”. Excessive deposit can be a problem. But also a revolving door justice system that endangers the public.
Both the Kenosha shootings and the Waukesha mass murder occurred because the government had not done its job. That is the reward of progressive politics. For people like Evers, Chisholm and AOC, wages are good. But the rest of us pay.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a law professor at the University of Tennessee and the founder of InstaPundit.com blog.